The Sunday Poem: “This Blue Funk” by Aurora M. Lewis

May 21st, 2023

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The Sunday Poem  is published weekly, and strives to include the poet reading their work.

Ms. Lewis reads her poem at its conclusion.

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painting by Lola Lonli/Denis Sklyarskiy, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Denis Sklyarskiy, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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This Blue Funk

That feeling when everything makes you sad
Nothing you can think of would make you glad
No matter how hard you try to remove yourself
From this blue funk

To make it even worse you listen to the Blues
Those songs that bring a tear to your eyes
Billie, Dinah, or Sarah wailing up to the sky
From this blue funk

Is it money troubles, no man to call your own
Kids ain’t got time for you now that they’re grown
That face in the mirror made you shudder and wince
From this blue funk

Poor a glass of wine, smoke a little weed
eat a quart of ice cream, your heart still bleeds
No tourniquet can stop the flowing pain
From this blue funk

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Listen to Aurora M. Lewis read her poem

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Aurora M. Lewis, a retiree, worked in finance for 40 years. In her fifties, she received a Certificate in Creative Writing-General Studies, with Honors from UCLA. Aurora’s recent poems, short stories, and nonfiction were accepted by The Literary Hatchet, Jerry Jazz Musician, and The Copperfield Review, to name a few. She self-published her first book, Jazz Poems, Reflections on a Broken Heart, in 2021. Her book a collection of memoirs, Jigsaw in a Vortex, is expected to be available in mid-2023.

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